Up Close with Danielle "Dani " Burleigh
on September 22, 2004)
PC: When did you begin your music career?
DB: I began my music career at the age of 8 when I began singing with the church choir.
PC: Who are your main musical influences?
DB: My main musical influences are Patsy Cline, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, and Celine Dion
PC: What approach do you take when writing your songs? Do you have any specific routine?
DB: Songwriting is a technique that I'm still developing.
PC:. If you had to pick a couple of songs you have written that you are most proud of, what would they be and why?
DB: I have not published any songs at this point.
PC: Where do you want to be in the next few years with your music career? Any long term goals?
DB: In the next few years in my music career I would like to be more nationally recognized, keep learning to write and develop skills as a songwriter and eventually record and produce more albums.
PC: What's your fondest career memory so far?
DB: My fondest career memory - That's hard to say at this point because I have accomplished a lot at this point.
PC: Is there anybody that you would like to perform with on stage?
DB: There are several people that I would like to perform with on stage and they are as follows: Martina McBride, Vince Gill, Brad Paisely, Reba McEntire, Jimmy Wayne and Keith Urban. I love to perform.
PC: Where can someone get a copy of your CD "When It Rains"?
DB: Anyone can purchase my CD (When It Rains) through my website (Dani.mu); CD Baby.com; and the Louisiana Music Factory Record Shop in New Orleans.
PC: When you are on the road, what CD's would be found in your CD player?
DB: When I am on the road there are several CD's in my CD player: Martina McBride, Jimmy Wayne, Rushlow, Brad Paisely, Celine Dion, Evanescence and others. I love listening to a variety of music but Country Music is Music from the Heart and I enjoy performing for huge audiences - it is the best feeling!
Dani has known since an early age that she wanted to be a professional singer. When she was a little girl she would walk around singing the songs that her parents and grandparents would play on the radio. Growing up listening to artists like Reba McEntire and Patsy Cline, had a great influence on her singing style. As Dani was growing up people would always ask her to sing songs for them. Many people who hear her sing tell her that she has a natural gift and that someday she will be a professional singer. Dani started her singing career at the early age of eight years old when she joined the local church choir. It didn't take long before everyone in the choir realized that she had a special gift. Not long after she joined the choir, she started performing solo during the church ceremonies. After she started performing solo she was able to make her presence known. So well known in fact, that after one of her performances, a parishioner asked if they could put in their will for Dani to perform at their funeral. To have that type of request asked of someone at such an early age was truly an honor. At that moment Dani realized her special gift and decided that she wanted to become a professional singer.
Dani began performing in musical and drama plays where she received many certificates and awards for her accomplishments. Her accomplishments earned her the honor to meet and sing live on stage for the Pope when he visited New Orleans. This was her national television debut. Although Dani had been in dancing schools performing on stage since she was a little girl, it didn't compare to the thrill of hearing thousands cheer for her when she finished singing. It only made her love the stage even more. Since then she has been performing with her own band as well as with many other local bands that ask her to do sit in sets. Dani has been selected many times to perform our National Anthem for many local sports events. She has also had the opportunity to sing in and win many local talent and karaoke contests. She also still sings Christian and Gospel songs for many church related ceremonies.
Being born and raised in the New Orleans area has exposed Dani to many styles of music. Although her love for country music was always evident, during her high school years she started listening to artists like Celine Dion, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. She admired the way they sang, and the power in their moving ballads. She then knew she wanted to perform those types of powerful ballads as well. Her love for listening to and performing country music couldn't take a back seat to this new phase. So Dani decided to incorporate ballad style singing into her country music performances. Her style went over well with the audiences and is evident in her performances today.
Dani's new album "When It Rains" has all original songs. It is now available on Dani Girl Records. On her Album Dani performs powerful country ballads, up-tempo songs, traditional style country songs and a Southern Louisiana style song, that is quickly becoming a local slow dance favorite.
For More Information on Dani visit her web site at www.dani.mu
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© 2003-2004 Texas Red Dirt Singers Songwriters Monthly Philip W. Corder